Asheville, NC—It’s all smiles and laughs when you see Al Jefferson during Hornets training camp.
He praises the team’s front office for drafting PJ Hairston and Noah Vonleh as well as picking up new weapons, Lance Stephenson and Marvin Williams, in free agency. When asked if he ever feels pressure being the team’s go-to man, and Jefferson jokingly smiles and laughs, saying, “I averaged 42 points a game my senior of high school. I’m used to being the go-to guy and I love it. But it’s not all about being the go-to guy but making your teammates better.”
The 29-year-old finished last season averaging 21 points and 10 boards per game. Though his offensive game is well polished, his main focus is to be less of a defensive liability. He refuses to taken advantage of in high pick and rolls.
Kemba Walker isn’t letting his contract extension get in the way of focusing on the upcoming season, Walker says “if it comes it comes, I just been focusing on getting better with my teammates and looking forward to the season.”
Walker is excited to have Brian Roberts with the squad. “Brian has been around for some time and he knows how to run a court. So when I come out of the game there won’t be much lacking, so I’m happy,” said Walker.